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Snowden 'criminal not whistleblower'

A former US ambassador to Nato has called for whistleblower Edward Snowden to face trial in the United States.

Speaking to the Today programme's Evan Davis, Kurt Volker said: "it's not a matter of being a whistleblower, it's a matter of being a criminal."

"I think he raised a valid point that had not been really vetted but then he went and discredited what valid point he was making by fleeing the country, by leaking other information about US intelligence activities... Those things are obviously damaging the United States."

First broadcast on the Today programme on Tuesday 2 July.

  • 02 Jul 2013